Top Level Categories

The Top Level Categories plugin allows you to remove the prefix before the URL to your category page. For example, instead of, I use for the address my "work" category. WordPress doesn't allow you to have a blank prefix for categories (they insert category/ before the name), this plugin works around that restriction.


Latest Version: Top Level Categories 1.0.1

Older versions also available.


  1. Unzip into your wp-content/plugins directory
  2. Activate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu in WordPress
  3. That's it! :)


  1. Deactivate the plugin through the 'Plugins' menu
  2. That's it!

Known Issues / Bugs

  1. This plugin will not work if you have a permalink structure like %postname or %category%/%postname% -- there is currently no workaround


My links are broken when using `%postname` or `%category%/%postname%` as my permalink structure

This is a known issue, for which there is unfortunately no good workaround. If you add a suffix to your permalink structure (such as .html) you can fix this issue. For example, try %category%/%postname%.html -- I realize this is not ideal, but there is no good solution for this issue.

How do I automatically redirect people from the old category permalink?

Use the Permalink Redirect Plugin

I'm getting 404 errors when I click on my category link

First, make sure that you've followed the installation instructions -- you must manually update your permalink structure (in the 'Options' -> 'Permalinks' section of your admin). If that doesn't work, then let me know!

Questions / Bugs

Use the Top Level Categories forum for any questions, bugs, or issues you encounter.